Ahhhhh the wonderful aromas of warm Christmas spices start to make their presence felt in our household. It literally stunned me that next week we are in December, these past few weeks have really been a roller coaster for me and fact that my Christmas shopping isn’t even half done is scary. Having read twitter feeds for the past week it’s amazing how many people dislike mince pies, once upon a time I was one of those who disliked it till I started making my own sweet mince at home. Making it at home means you can add what ever you like to it and being vegetarian you can avoid suet. This mix of flavours blends so well together and the addition of warm spices complement the brandy. This mince will also make lovely gifts for Christmas.
Sweet Christmas Mince with Brandy
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Makes: enough to fill approx 12-15 medium mince pies.
1/4Tsp Ground cloves
1/4tsp Ground nutmeg
1.5 Tsp Cinnamon powder
1/2 Tsp Mixed spice
50g Melted butter
50g Brown sugar
Zest of 1 Orange
1 Apple finely chopped
1. In a blender, using a cross blade mince the cranberries, sultanas and raisins.
2. Transfer this mix into a large bowl, add the mixed peel, chopped apple, sugar, butter and all the spices. Make sure all ingredients are well combined.
3. Finally pour in the brandy and mix really well.
4. Spoon mixture into a jar and leave for a week or two for all the flavours to blend before using.